BE: The Bookend Trust Newsletter - October/November
- Announcing Envirothon: a new environmental competition for Tasmanian colleges
- The latest from Andrew’s ExpeditionClass adventure: Papua New Guinea here he comes!
- Sustainable Living Expo & Kids 4 Kids: recent events for a sustainable life!
Welcome to the October/November 2010 Bookend newsletter, and for those reading online, welcome to the new Bookend website! We are pleased to have the new website up and running, giving us a new look and allowing us to spread the Bookend message even further. We also welcome feedback on the new site, so do send us an email with your comments or suggestions.
The Bookend Team is excited to announce our new environmental competition for schools: ENVIROTHON. The competition provides a hands-on learning experience for year 11 and 12 students in subjects surrounding environmental science and sustainability and is to be held over two days in Hobart, starting on the 30th of April 2011. The North American Canon Envirothon (www.envirothon.org) is the biggest school environmental competition in the world, and the winning Tasmanian team has been officially invited to the North American event in New Brunswick in 2011 – a trip for which we are currently arranging support!
We are extremely lucky to have the help of Martin and Bonny Moroni in planning this event – both have had a long involvement in organising and judging the North American competition.
Led by a supervising teacher and using provided frameworks and resources, teams work collaboratively to develop their knowledge of ecology and natural resource management and to practice their environmental problem-solving skills in preparation for the competition. The event itself takes place over two days, with two main components: activities and tests on the main topics; and a second activity involving an environmental scenario for which students must devise a management strategy and present it to the judges and other students.
The mission of Envirothon is to develop knowledgeable skilled and dedicated students who have an understanding of natural resources and are willing and prepared to work towards achieving and maintaining a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
ExpeditionClass Tassie Tiger Hunt goes overseas!
Whilst some of us have been working away at a computer, Andrew Hughes has been navigating the Tasmanian South West on the latest ExpeditionClass adventure. Departing in snow, Andrew had some fun and challenging conditions to work in.
Despite a very active online forum with schools and finding a lot of other items of interest along the way, the Tassie Tiger Hunt has not uncovered any thylacines in the South West, so Andrew is continuing his search in Papua New Guinea. Accompanied by camera man Cheyne Benjamin, they are also exploring the geological, biological and cultural links and differences between both places. After a few hiccups getting there, Andrew is now making his way into the jungle once again…
A media kit on this year's Expedition Class program, including a press release, video material and photos is available here
The Hobart display of the Burning Season Exhibition has now come to an end, after a successful month being displayed at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. This photographic exhibition of Cathy Henkel’s inspirational documentary may have a brief return to the north-west of the State before leaving Tasmania, and we thank everyone – as listed in prior updates - involved in helping us display it here.
Congratulations also to Tamla Cox, winner of the orangutan book that we were giving away to one lucky attendee visiting the exhibition during the Spring Community Festival.
Sustainable Living Expo
The Sustainable Living Expo is an annual event which showcases environmentally sustainable ideas, products and practices to help people live more lightly on the Earth. This year Bookend attended the expo with the University of Tasmania to help increase awareness of Tasmanian environmental issues and to inspire more people to become involved in finding solutions.The event was held in the revamped Princess Wharf No1. Some of our new Bookend scholarship students, Loren Atkins, Lisa Cawthen and Louisa Stredwick helped run the stall and met many of our dedicated Bookend supporters as well as plenty of new faces. Alastair Richardson gave a presentation on what Bookend has achieved to date, and people young and old got involved in tree identification and testing their hand-strength compared to that of a Tassie Devil's jaws!
AuSSI Kids4Kids Conference
Another event focusing on sustainability was the AuSSI Kids4Kids conference, held in the north at Camp Banksia on the 5th of November, and in Hobart at the University of Tasmania on the 10th of November. The aim of the AuSSI (Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative) conference is to share information and experiences from schools learning about sustainability, biodiversity and climate change. As well as participating in workshops presented by guest speakers, students from AuSSI schools across Tasmania taught each other about sustainability projects and issues in their area.
Bookend has been proud to support and help facilitate this conference. Last year, we co-sponsored Chris Jordan’s visit to Tasmania to attend these events, as well as running workshops and helping film the day. This year we not only filmed the event and ran a workshop (presented by Bookend scholarship holder Jo McEvoy), but Niall kindly donated a large amount of my time to help organize it.
I am still recovering, but have learnt a lot about logistics, especially as the number of attendees in Hobart jumped from 400 last year to 650 this year. In addition to many teachers and invited guests, the total attendance was over 700, a wonderful turn-out of people passionate about sustainable living! The northern event also had a great turn out with 270 students at this year's conference.
Here’s our snapshot of the day in pictures (click HERE for pdf). Have a look to get a glimpse of the presentations and number of students on the move, tireless organisers Jenny Dudgeon (AuSSI-Tas) and Jenny-Marie LeRoi (UTAS Faculty of SET), as well as key guests including Arron Wood (2007 Prime Minister’s Australian Environmentalist of the Year), Costa Georgiadis (Costa’s Garden Odyssey, SBS TV), Tino Carnevale (Gardening Australia, ABC TV), Education Minister Lin Thorp MLC, Glenorchy Lord Mayor Adriana Taylor (Sustainability Champion Awardee), Alderman Bill Harvey (representing the Lord Mayor of Hobart), and Simon Boughey (from co-sponsor the Alcorso Foundation).
Thanks to everyone who helped, especially the experts and student volunteers who donated their time for workshops and to keep the day running as smoothly as possible. Costa said it was the biggest crowd he had ever spoken in front of!
Amongst all this our usual schedule of school and community presentations has continued, with scholarship students Philippa Jensen and Kim Beasy presenting to the East Launceston Primary School Science Expo, Alastair Richardson presenting to Boat Harbour Primary, and Niall Doran presenting to the University of the Third Age in Hobart. As always, please let me know if your school or community group is interested in a visit, talk or documentary showing.
That's it for our latest newsletter as we head towards the end of another year, not slowing down in the slightest! Look out for new versions of the Bookend advertisements on SBS over the coming months and as always, get out there and BE involved.
See Previous Updates from 2010.
This update is only a semi-regular summary of BOOKEND's activities. For more regular updates, see our Expedition Class page (daily updates during expedition periods), the Lynchpin page, and for the most frequently updated information "BookendTrust" (no space) on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. An additional Facebook group is also available for those wanting to help in more detail.